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“Average cafe, friendly staff, so-so food” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Elmwood at Sparks

Elmwood at Sparks
124 W Main St, Orange, VA 22960-1534
540-672-0060
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Ranked #1 of 29 Restaurants in Orange
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Southlake, Texas
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56 reviews 56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Average cafe, friendly staff, so-so food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We visited for a late lunch. We went to Sparks as it was recommended as a top lunch place in Orange. Atmosphere was fine, nothing extremely notable from other small cafes, however, nothing negative either.

Staff was very pleasant, however service was just average. Perhaps because we were there after the usual lunch crowd (around 1 p.m.), the staff seemed more focused on busing tables and cleaning up in the back so we waited longer than we would have expected with a half full restaurant.

Food was just average overall; several of us had the warm turkey and Swiss croissant sandwich, it was fine, just somewhat bland (totally edible, just nothing we couldn't have made at home); pasta salad was too overloaded with a thick sauce. One of our group got the quiche of the day and couldn't finish it as it was somewhat mushy and she said not very tasty.

Several got the pumpkin ice cream for dessert and enjoyed it.

Bottom line; it's a pleasant place and if we happened to be in Orange at lunch time would likely try it again as there isn't a great selection of places to eat there. However, wouldn't drive out of my way to go there again.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Mineral, VA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Incredible food, incredible staff, incredible evening”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My wife and I reserved our Valentine's Day dinner here. We should have been disappointed at being sat at the worst table, right next to the kitchen; not bad but hardly romantic. We should have been, but the food, from the appetizer through the entre' to the dessert, was so unique and delicious, and the wait staff was so attentive, down-to-earth and caring, that we had a wonderful, romantic time (our 34th Valentine's Day) completely forgetting the table location and just playing goo-goo eyes at each other all evening. I asked the waitress if the chef owns the place and was told that indeed he does: had to be. No one merely being paid to chef could produce food like that. If you are in Orange, try this one. It's worth the visit.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Boydton, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Chance lunch on recommendation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

We were at Montpelier and the ladies there recommended Elmwood at Sparks. So glad they did! Excellent sandwiches, fast, courteous service and good wine! Portions were quite generous. I had chicken salad and my wife had ham and cheese.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Prince William County, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A real find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

After reading reviews rating Elmwood at Sparks No. 1 restaurant in Orange, VA, we decided to try it for lunch. All the reviews are right on target! Someone called it "funky." A good description. We had trouble choosing among all the menu items. Settled on the Shrimp and Penne pasta, which was delicious. Will definitely go back again to try some of the other offerings. Oh yes, Tiramisu for dessert topped it off.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orange
2 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Epicurean Excellence on Main Street”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

I have had the wonderful opportunity to dine here a number of times over the years since Elmwood's opening. I live close by and I no longer have to drive 100+ miles to eat an exceptional meal created by a talented chef, served by an efficient staff, in a cheerful and pleasant environment. I have yet to have a dining experience there that was anything short of memorable.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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